An exercise I particularly like to use in workshops is the six-word memoir. This is based on Smithmag.net and their popular six-word collections. For more information click here.
The idea is rumored to have started with Ernest Hemingway. He was challenged to write a six-word story and he wrote:
Baby shoes for sale, never worn.
I think the six-word memoir is a great way to get your creative writing juices flowing. Having trouble starting your life story? Why not write a six-word memoir and use it as the title for your book. Alternatively, turn it into the introduction to your story. These mini memoirs can be intriguing and often call out for a fuller explanation.
To give you some inspiration, here are a few of the six-word gems from the participants in my recent Dawson Creek workshop.
- Mom’s revenge, I am my mom!
- Who said it couldn’t be done?
- I’m aching, broken but I’m alive!
- Work hard. Live well. Enjoy life.
- Waiting to see what is next.
- Daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandma, wow!
- Have motorcycle, will travel. I’m free!
- Family is my Love and Joy.
- Love it all. Not enough time.
- Years happen. Still learning. Constantly amazed!
- Investing in others now. Rewards coming.
Here’s mine: Learned much. Much more to learn.
What’s your six-word memoir? Jot it down in the comment box below. To encourage you, I’m offering a free 30 minute telephone consultation. You can ask me any burning questions you have about personal histories and I’ll do my best to answer them.
I’ll select a winning six-word memoir on Thursday, November 20th, at 7 pm PST. Good Luck!
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